Boys Don't Cry
Teena Brandon was a small-time thief, swindler, and fraud artist but she also was a big-time drag king, seducing vulnerable Nebraskan girls as sensitive romeo Brandon Teena. Her intentions, although confused and (in essence) cruel, were good, but it all led to no good in one of the most sensational accounts in the annals of true crime. Hilary Swank won a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar as Brandon, but the truth in her performance is challenged at every step by director Kimberly Peirce, whose insistence on romanticizing this squalid low-life as some kind of gay martyr should be an insult to intelligent life-forms of all sexual persuasions. The cast is strong and true, even if listless Chloe Sevigny is wildly overrated as Brandon's drugged-out paramour. Presented in 1.85 anamorphic widescreen and both DD 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Surround. Includes a commentary by Peirce, a brief featurette, and several trailers.